Malaysian champion announced at UD trucks challenge

By CARSIFU | 29 November 2019

Khairul is heading to Japan for the finals.

SHAH ALAM: Malaysia’s ultimate truck driver who was able to demonstrate the best skills for smart logistics at the 4th edition of Malaysia’s UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge has been found.

It is Khairul Nafsha Ishak who works for Setia Maju Jaya Logistik Sdn Bhd.

This is the second consecutive year that a driver from Setia Maju Jaya Logistik Sdn Bhd has won the competition here in Malaysia.

Khairul, 36, will represent Malaysia at the finals in Japan next year.

In addition to winning the championship, Khairul also scored the best marks in the “Best Driving Skill” category.


Two other drivers won in the other categories, namely Mohamed Firdaus Shahrudin, a 33-year-old truck driver from UPC Chemicals (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd who won in the “Best Pre-Drive Inspection” category and Mohd Azli Mohd Nor, a 37-year-old truck driver from Tenaga Nasional Bhd who won in the “Best Fuel Efficiency” category.

Khairul won an all-expense paid trip to Japan, Quester Parts & Service voucher worth RM2,000, RM500 for winning “Best Driving Skill” category and an exclusive driver training session for all the drivers from Setia Maju Jaya Logistik Sdn Bhd.

Mohamed Firdaus and Mohd Azli walked away with Quester Parts & Service voucher worth RM500 each.

Khairul's win follows a recent two-month long pre-selection competition round which saw him battle it out with other truck drivers from all over Malaysia.

Mohamed Firdaus (left), Khairul and Mohd Azli.

Jointly organised by UD Trucks and its sole distributor partner in Malaysia, Tan Chong Industrial Equipment Sdn Bhd, the annual challenge is a friendly drivers competition aimed at increasing drivers’ competency through skills and knowledge enhancements and on maximizing the capability of the UD Quester heavy-duty truck.

The format of the competition simulates the actual truck operation cycle and assessing drivers in the three key areas – pre-driving inspection, fuel efficiency and safe driving, in addition to manoeuvring and parking. Contestants compete by using the UD Quester heavy-duty truck and are measured on effectiveness in operational cost, the ability to reduce downtime and safe and skilled driving.

The key purpose of the competition structure is to simulate a general transportation cycle and to visualise profitable operation through avoiding downtime, maintaining low-cost operation, preventing accidents and ensuring shorter trip time through efficient driving. All these will link the driver’s skills to business reality.